Kiko's Food News, 10.21.11

A class-action suit against General Mills targeting its line of fruit snacks including Fruit Roll Ups, Fruit by the Foot and Fruit Gushers alleges that they are “conveying an overall message of a healthful snack product to parents when, in fact, the products contain dangerous, non-nutritious, unhealthy partially hydrogenated oil, large amounts of sugar, and potentially harmful artificial dyes”: (full story)

But an end to food marketing to kids won’t be here too soon: allowing the brand icons from popular cereals to remain untouched is one of the concessions officials will probably make as they work to persuade food companies to curb junk food marketing to children (as Tony the Tiger would say, GRRRR!): (full story)

I was shocked by this exposé about the annual American Dieticians Association meeting. Who better than the conference’s corporate sponsors (Coca-Cola, Aramark, Hershey, PepsiCo, Mars, General Mills and others) to hold panels ranging from “A Fresh Look at Processed Foods” to “Are Sugars Toxic: What’s Wrong with Current Research?”: (full story)

Target has announced that it will sell only sustainable seafood by 2015. FishWise, who has been a resource for us here at Bi-Rite with our own seafood sourcing, is partnering with them to implement the project: (full story)

And evidencing the need for responsible seafood sourcing, a salmon-killing virus was seen for first time in the wild on the Pacific Coast (the contagion doesn’t affect people but is a scourge of fish farms). Offshore saltwater pens supply most of the Atlantic salmon sold in the US, and farms hit by the virus have lost 70 percent or more of their fish in recent decades, but until now it had never been confirmed on the West Coast of North America:(full story)

California’s olive oil production is skyrocketing and becoming competitive with Europe’s imports, as oil produced domestically can be fresher, purer and cheaper than the imports, while creating jobs and reducing fossil-fuel consumption: (full story)

Around one in seven people in the world is malnourished, but the solution isn’t just producing more food. For all of you visual learners, this story shows how we already produce too much, it’s just not going to the right places: (full story)